Over the last three years I have been working closely with The Eyemouth District Disabled Association (TEDDA) after they received a £11,000 water bill from Scottish Water’s business stream division following a burst pipe in 2011.
This bill would have bankrupted a fantastic local charity here in Berwickshire.
Seeing as the incident was clearly out of the charity’s hands, I have been campaigning with representatives from TEDDA to get the bill cancelled. Over the past few years, I have met Scottish Water and corresponded with a number of ministers on this issue.
I was therefore extremely glad when common sense prevailed and Scottish Water cancelled the bill.
This is great news for disabled people in Eyemouth. I look forward to the charity being able to move forward from the uncertainty that has hung over it for so long.
The poor broadband service we have in many parts of Berwickshire is a huge frustration.
It was great to hear last week that seven communities will benefit from the next tranche of fibre broadband investment from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
This deployment means people living in Ayton, Chirnside, Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Leitholm and Paxton can look forward to being able to access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps next year.
I have been campaigning for better broadband for the Borders for many years because decent broadband is essential for our businesses and communities. Up until now, the poor service has held back our economy.
There are now just 56 days until the referendum and I am continuing to hold public meetings across the Borders so people get an opportunity to debate the issues surrounding Scottish independence. The next meeting in Berwickshire is at Fairbairn Hall in Greenlaw from 7pm on July 31.
I recently hosted a reception for Thalidomiders in Westminster with Borderer Stevie Sinclair to raise awareness of the 50 year campaign for justice for Thalidomiders and showcase artwork produced by them.
It is an absolute scandal that victims have still not received an apology from the drug manufacturer Grunenthal nor the compensation due to them.